Instructional Resources

A list of “approved” curricula by tier level; Developed by our educational consultant, Capitol Region Education Council; Curricula addresses multiple Career Competencies in a youth-friendly and “world of work” format; and can be expanded using your “tried and true” materials. In order to implement the Capital Workforce Partners Career Competencies, all contractors will use instructional resources listed on the attached Instructional Resources Menu.

In the event that a contractor wishes to use curricula that are not listed on this menu, a request must be made in writing to Capital Workforce Partners program staff that includes a justification for using the said curricula, including the specific Career Competencies the curricula addresses and any other applicable information. The instructional resources are inclusive of books, videos, software and other on-line resources.

Reading and Writing

GRADE 6-9:

Reading Skills that Work. Contemporary Books.
Workplace Essentials Skills-Reading. PBS Literacy Link.
Writing Skills Problem Solver: 101 Ready-to-Use Writing Process Activities for Correcting the Most Common Errors, by Carol H. Behrman (2000). ISBN: 0-13-060039-3

GRADE 10:

Reading Skills that Work. Contemporary Books.
Writing Skills Problem Solver: 101 Ready-to-Use Writing Process Activities for Correcting the Most Common Errors, by Carol H. Behrman (2000). ISBN: 0-13-060039-3
English for the World of Work. American Guidance Service/Pearson, 2003, $49.99. ISBN 078543075X.
How to Write the Story of Your Life, by Frank P. Thomas (Writer’s Digest Books 1984). ISBN-13: 978-0-89879-359-8
The Adams College Admissions Essay Handbook: Tips and Techniques to Give Your Application the Edge, but Burton Jay Nadler and Jordan Nadler (Adams Media 2004). ISBN: 1-59337-058-X
Business Writing Basics, by Jane Watson (2007). ISBN: 978-1-55180-769-0

GRADE 11:

English for the World of Work. American Guidance Service/Pearson, 2003, $49.99. ISBN 078543075X.
How to Write the Story of Your Life, by Frank P. Thomas (Writer’s Digest Books 1984). ISBN-13: 978-0-89879-359-8
The Adams College Admissions Essay Handbook: Tips and Techniques to Give Your Application the Edge, but Burton Jay Nadler and Jordan Nadler (Adams Media 2004). ISBN: 1-59337-058-X
Business Writing Basics, by Jane Watson (2007). ISBN: 978-1-55180-769-0
Writing Skills Problem Solver: 101 Ready-to-Use Writing Process Activities for Correcting the Most Common Errors, by Carol H. Behrman (2000). ISBN: 0-13-060039-3

Numeracy/Math

GRADE 6-9:

Lifestyle Math: Your Financial Planning Portfolio. 2003 – 2008, Academic Innovations
Math Skills for the Workforce: Whole Numbers. Steck-Vaughn, 1997, $12.56. ISBN 9780817263751.
Math Skills that Work: A Fundamental Approach for Life and Work. Contemporary Books.
Math for the World of Work. American Guidance Service/Pearson, 2002, $49.99. ISBN 0785426881.
Math for Workplace Success. EMC/Paradigm Publishing, 2005, $19.95. ISBN 0763820938.
Workplace Essential Skills-Math. PBS Literacy Link.

GRADE 10:

Lifestyle Math: Your Financial Planning Portfolio. 2003 – 2008, Academic Innovations
Math Skills for the Workforce: Whole Numbers. Steck-Vaughn, 1997, $12.56. ISBN 9780817263751.
Math Skills that Work: A Fundamental Approach for Life and Work. Contemporary Books.
Math for the World of Work. American Guidance Service/Pearson, 2002, $49.99. ISBN 0785426881.
Math for Workplace Success. EMC/Paradigm Publishing, 2005, $19.95. ISBN 0763820938.

GRADE 11:

Lifestyle Math: Your Financial Planning Portfolio. 2003 – 2008, Academic Innovations
Math Skills that Work: A Fundamental Approach for Life and Work. Contemporary Books.
Math for the World of Work. American Guidance Service/Pearson, 2002, $49.99. ISBN 0785426881.
Math for Workplace Success. EMC/Paradigm Publishing, 2005, $19.95. ISBN 0763820938.

Customer Service

GRADE 10:

25 Reproducible Activities for Customer Service. HRD Press, Amherst.
Learning Points: 100 Activities and Actions for Customer Service Excellence. By Peter Garber. JIST Works

GRADE 11:

25 Reproducible Activities for Customer Service. HRD Press, Amherst.
Learning Points: 100 Activities and Actions for Customer Service Excellence. By Peter Garber. JIST Works

Computer Literacy*

GRADE 6-10:

Technology-Based Youth Participation Activities for Library, by Linda W. Braun.

*Maintain updated Microsoft handbooks – It is highly recommended that instructors continue to update and upgrade their library of instructional materials related to Word and Excel. Because computer technology is continually being updated and Capital Workforce Partners Career Competency learners will be working on different versions of Microsoft Office, it is imperative that instructors can teach using their current software and as much as possible, purchase the most recent addition as it becomes available.

Problem Solving and Decision Making

GRADE 6-9:

On Your Own as a Young Adult Case Studies. JIST Life, 2006. ISBN 1-55864-165-3
Teenagers preparing for the real world. Chad Foster.
Workforce: Building Success, Problem Solving. Steck-Vaughn, 1997, $15.95. ISBN 0817265201.
Assessing Barriers to Education. John Liptak, Ed.D. JIST Works

GRADE 10:

On Your Own as a Young Adult Case Studies. JIST Life, 2006. ISBN 1-55864-165-3
The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success, by Nicholas Lore (Simon & Schuster, Inc 1998). ISBN-13: 978-0-684-82399-7
Workforce: Building Success, Problem Solving. Steck-Vaughn, 1997, $15.95. ISBN 0817265201.
Assessing Barriers to Education. John Liptak, Ed.D. JIST Works

Interpersonal and Communication

GRADE 6-9:

Effective Communication Skills. JIST Works.
Workplace Essential Skills-Communication and Writing. PBS Literacy Link.
The Confident Speaker: Beat Your Nerves and Communicate at Your Best in Any Situation, by Harrison Monarth and Larina Kase (McGraw Hill 2007). ISBN-13: 978-0-07-148149-6

GRADE 10:

How to Say It at Work: Power Words, Phrases, and Communication Secrets for Getting Ahead, by Jack Griffin (Prentice Hall Press 1998). ISBN: 978-0-7352-0430-0
The Confident Speaker: Beat Your Nerves and Communicate at Your Best in Any Situation, by Harrison Monarth and Larina Kase (McGraw Hill 2007). ISBN-13: 978-0-07-148149-6

GRADE 11:

How to Say It at Work: Power Words, Phrases, and Communication Secrets for Getting Ahead, by Jack Griffin (Prentice Hall Press 1998). ISBN: 978-0-7352-0430-0
The Confident Speaker: Beat Your Nerves and Communicate at Your Best in Any Situation, by Harrison Monarth and Larina Kase (McGraw Hill 2007). ISBN-13: 978-0-07-148149-6

Personal Qualities

GRADE 6-9:

The Self-Esteem Program: Inventories, Activities & Educational Handouts. Wellness Reproductions and Publishing, 2002, $49.95. ISBN 9781893277106.
Becoming the Best Me. JIST Works.
Social Skills Lessons & Activities for Grades 7-12, The Society for Prevention of Violence with the Center for Applied Research in Education (Jossey-Bass 1996)
Teaching Social Skills to Youth. Boys Town. Press.
Bingo Games for Teens. Wellness Publications.
Life Skills Activities for Special Children. Jossey-Bass.
From School to Work. Goodheart-Willcox Publisher, 2000. ISBN 1566376556.

GRADE 10:

The Self-Esteem Program: Inventories, Activities & Educational Handouts. Wellness Reproductions and Publishing, 2002, $49.95. ISBN 9781893277106.
Becoming the Best Me. JIST Works.
Social Skills Lessons & Activities for Grades 7-12, The Society for Prevention of Violence with the Center for Applied Research in Education (Jossey-Bass 1996)
From School to Work. Goodheart-Willcox Publisher, 2000. ISBN 1566376556.

GRADE 11:

The Self-Esteem Program: Inventories, Activities & Educational Handouts. Wellness Reproductions and Publishing, 2002, $49.95. ISBN 9781893277106.
Social Skills Lessons & Activities for Grades 7-12, The Society for Prevention of Violence with the Center for Applied Research in Education (Jossey-Bass 1996)

Job Seeking

GRADE 6-9:

A Teenager’s Guide to the Workplace. New Books Publishing, 2001, $15.00. ISBN 0967986116.
Dream Catchers, Developing Career and Educational Awareness. Fourth Edition. JIST Works, 2008, $16.95. ISBN 9781593576202.
Getting the Job You Really Want. JIST Works, 2007. ISBN 9781593573997
Job Smarts: 12 Steps to Job Success for Students with Special Needs. JIST Works, 2004, $24.95. ISBN 1593570295.
Necessary Skills for the Workforce: Job Readiness. Steck-Vaughn, 1997, $15.95. ISBN 0817263810.
150 Best Jobs for Your Skills. JIST Works, 2007, $16.95. ISBN 9781593574178
Young Person’s Career Skills Handbook. JIST Works, 2006, $19.95. ISBN 1593572433.
Occupational Outlook Handbook. JIST Works, 2008-2009, $19.95. ISBN 9781593575137.
What Color is Your Parachute for Teens. Ten Speed Press, 2006, $14.95. ISBN 9781580087131.
Job Savvy. JIST Works.
Resume Magic. JIST Works, 2007 $18.95. ISBN 9781593573119
The 250 job interview questions. Adams Media.
Interview Magic. JIST Works, 2008 $18.95. ISBN 9781593575724
Job Search and Career Checklist. JIST Works.
Discover What You’re Best At. JIST Works.
Creating Your High School Portfolio. JIST Works.
“Makin It”- The Hip-Hop Guide to True Survival. By Ed Dejesus
Career Choices: A Guide for Teens and Young Adults: Who Am I? What Do I Want? How Do I Get It? 2003 – 2008, Academic Innovations

GRADE 10:

Dream Catchers, Developing Career and Educational Awareness. Fourth Edition. JIST Works, 2008, $16.95. ISBN 9781593576202.
From School to Work. Goodheart-Willcox Publisher, 2000. ISBN 1566376556.
Getting the Job You Really Want. JIST Works, 2007. ISBN 9781593573997
Job Smarts: 12 Steps to Job Success for Students with Special Needs. JIST Works, 2004, $24.95. ISBN 1593570295.
Necessary Skills for the Workforce: Job Readiness. Steck-Vaughn, 1997, $15.95. ISBN 0817263810.
Quick Job Search for People with Disabilities. JIST Works, 2007, $3.95. ISBN 1593573847
150 Best Jobs for Your Skills. JIST Works, 2007, $16.95. ISBN 9781593574178
The Career Coward’s Guide to Interviewing. JIST Works, 2007, $10.95. ISBN 9781593573898.
The Quick Resume & Cover Letter Book. JIST Works, 2005, $14.95. ISBN 1593570899.
What Color is Your Parachute for Teens. Ten Speed Press, 2006, $14.95. ISBN 9781580087131.
Exploring Careers, A Young Person’s Guide to 1000 Jobs. JIST Works.
Job Savvy. JIST Works.
250 Best Paying Jobs. JIST Works.
Resume Magic. JIST Works, 2007 $18.95. ISBN 9781593573119
The 250 job interview questions. Adams Media.
Interview Magic. JIST Works, 2008 $18.95. ISBN 9781593575724
Job Search and Career Checklist. JIST Works.
Discover What You’re Best At. JIST Works.
Creating Your High School Portfolio. JIST Works.
Fast Cash for Kids. Career Press.
“Makin It”- The Hip-Hop Guide to True Survival. By Ed Dejesus
Career Choices: A Guide for Teens and Young Adults: Who Am I? What Do I Want? How Do I Get It? 2003 – 2008, Academic Innovations

GRADE 11:

Essential Skills for the Workplace: Building Workplace Competencies. Contemporary Publishers, 1993 available through Amazon, $12.19. ISBN 0809239027.
From School to Work. Goodheart-Willcox Publisher, 2000. ISBN 1566376556.
Getting the Job You Really Want. JIST Works, 2007. ISBN 9781593573997
Job Smarts: 12 Steps to Job Success for Students with Special Needs. JIST Works, 2004, $24.95. ISBN 1593570295.
Quick Job Search for People with Disabilities. JIST Works, 2007, $3.95. ISBN 1593573847
The Career Coward’s Guide to Interviewing. JISTWorks, 2007, $10.95. ISBN 9781593573898.
The Quick Resume & Cover Letter Book. JIST Works, 2005, $14.95. ISBN 1593570899.
Young Person’s Guide to Getting and Keeping a Good Job. JIST Works, 2006, $24.95. ISBN 1593570864.
What Color is Your Parachute for Teens. Ten Speed Press, 2006, $14.95. ISBN 9781580087131.
Exploring Careers, A Young Person’s Guide to 1000 Jobs. JIST Works.
Job Savvy. JIST Works.
250 Best Paying Jobs. JIST Works.
Resume Magic. JIST Works, 2007 $18.95. ISBN 9781593573119
Interview Magic. JIST Works, 2008 $18.95. ISBN 9781593575724
Creating Your High School Portfolio. JIST Works.
Fast Cash for Kids. Career Press.
“Makin It”- The Hip-Hop Guide to True Survival. By Ed Dejesus.
Career Choices: A Guide for Teens and Young Adults: Who Am I? What Do I Want? How Do I Get It? 2003 – 2008, Academic Innovations.

School to Career Instructional Resources

GRADES 6-10

Early College High Schools: Opportunity for a Lifetime w/ DVD. 2007 , The Early College High School Initiative
From School to Work. Goodheart-Willcox Publisher, 2000. ISBN 1566376556.

Personal Development Profile

GRADES 6-10

The Best of Building Assets Together: Favorite Group Activities That Help Youth Succeed, Search Institute Press, Jolene L. Roehlkepartain , ISBN 9781574821598.
Team building with Teens: Activities for Leadership, Decision Making, & Group Success, Free Spirit Publishing, Mariam G. MacGregor.

Software and Websites

KnowHow2GO – www.knowhow2go.com
SallieMae – www.salliemae.com
CollegeBoard – www.collegeboard.com
Wachovia – www.wachovia.com
Exploring Career Information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics – www.bls.gov/k12/
Pathways of the World of Work for Young Adults – www.ctdol.state.ct.us/youth/main.htm
U.S. Census Bureau Fact Finder – www.factfinder.census.gov/home/en/kids/kids.html
Job and Career Connection – www.ctjobandcareer.org
CDM Career Zone – www.cdmcareerzone.com
O*NET OnLine – www.online.onetcenter.org
Search Institute – www.search-institute.org/developmental-assets-are-free
Youth Development Research Fund, Inc. – www.ydrf.com
CASAS – https://www.casas.org/home/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.login
Career Choices – www.academicinnovations.com
Jobs for the Future – www.jff.org
Adventures In Education – www.aie.org
American Careers – www.carcom.com
Mapping Your Future – www.mappingyourfuture.org

Publishers

Amazon – www.amazon.com
Contemporary Publishers – www.mhcontemporary.com
EMC/Paradigm Publishing – www.emcp.com
Goodheart-Wilcox Publisher – www.g-w.com
Jist Publishing – www.jist.com
Pearson – www.agsglobe.com
Steck-Vaughn – www.steckvaughn.harcourtachieve.com
Ten Speed Press – www.tenspeed.com
Karen Hinds – www.karenspeaks.com
Wellness Production Publishing – www.wellness-resources.com
Chad Foster – www.chadfoster.com
Adams Media – www.adamsmedia.com
Free Spirit Publishing, Inc. – www.freespirit.com

In the event that a contractor wishes to use curricula that are not listed on the above mentioned menu, a request must be made in writing to Capital Workforce Partners program staff that includes a justification for using the said curricula, including the specific Career Competencies the curricula addresses and any other applicable information.  Once the curricula is evaluated and confirmed as supporting the development of Career Competencies, it will be added to the resource menu for all contractors to utilize.  Capital Workforce Partners encourages the submission of these types of requests. The instructional resources are inclusive of books, videos, software and other on-line resources.